AHOM. ALPHABET. 87
Ihom tra. There maybe a few others, but I do not know them. The general mleis that a compound r in
Ahom disappears in Khamti and Shan Thus—
Uiing , , .
phau . . .
lAat. . , . .
jpW«ff . , . .
phum . . . .
pTatm . . . „
kin . -,
TcUn or Idun *
In JLhoin the words for e eat' and ' drink' are distinct. In Khamti and Shan they
are the same.
Irregular forms of syllables sometimes occur. Tims the interjection ai Is always
written He as if it was ha. The word hit, do, is always written Tfl, as if it was hi.
In I, 40, iboi, service, is written (fa, instead of T) •
Some consonants are freely interchanged. Thus^ we have both jang and ft&ng, he;
khau and shau, enter; cham and chang, and.
The numeral figures are—
These are as given me by the local authorities. Those for three3 f ourj and five are
doubtful, as they -ire only the words sham, three ; shl, four ; and hd, five, spelt out. There
can be no doubt about the others. When numerals are used, the figure and 'not the word
is almost always written. Thus, when lung, one,v is used for the indefinite article, a, we
always find ^ or }\i)l>TOioi }tfŁ ^ngt one. Similarly for 'two1 we find
U/ "Y *Mng, two. In the second specimen, however, the -word for
, 2, not
eighteen*, ship-pit, is spelt out,